There is no question: the pandemic of SARS-Cov2 has impacted every sector on the planet, including the global mining industry. Despite the massive challenges the pandemic imposed on the mining industry, the large industrial mining sector has emerged stronger than many other industries and now has to take charge of the transformational opportunities ahead.
So what will define Smart Mining in the post-pandemic world? What has changed?
It seems safe to say that the pandemic accelerated developments that were already in play, such as remote work, smart monitoring of employee health conditions, digitalization as well as the importance of ESG as a business asset. At the same time, (re-)building trust in an uncertain future has become an even greater challenge, a key trend, and also a business risk.
The Smart Mine of the Future, therefore, is more than just technologically advanced. Being smart in a post covid world means, aside from deploying smart technologies, being ahead of the game when it comes to smart work strategies, decarbonization, ESG, trust and collaboration.
That is why this year‘s smart mining conference will take a closer look at the key trends that will define smart operations moving forward.